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Field set for $1 million Metro Pace

August 28, 2010
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Big Jim won the first of four eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings Saturday night at Mohawk, with Prodigal Seelster, Wind Me Up and Great Vintage also coming up victorious in their respective split. The top two finishers in each race, plus two third-place finishers drawn by lot, advance to the $1 million final Sept. 4.
 
Driven by Phil Hudon, Big Jim took over the lead from the pacesetting Line Officer and driver Tim Tetrick at the :55.2 half and led the rest of the way to defeat that one by three-quarters of a length. Wink N Atcha was four lengths behind in third for Brian Sears.
 
Both Big Jim and Line Officer automatically advance to the final, with the connections of Big Jim--as well as the other three elim winners--getting to pick their post.
 
James "Friday" Dean trains Big Jim, a son of Western Ideal, for owner James Carr. The win was his third in five starts and a career best.
 
The second Metro elim went to Prodigal Seelster and driver Tetrick in 1:50, lowering his previous career mark by more than three seconds. Tetrick moved Prodigal Seelster to the lead just past the :55.1 half posted by the leading Mystician and driver Jody Jamieson, and then drew clear to a 2 1/4-length victory. Roll With Joe was third for Sears.
 
A son of Camluck, the win was the fourth straight for Prodigal Seelster, whose last victory came in the "lights out" Nassagaweya division Aug. 21 at Mohawk when a power failure occured midway through the race. David Menary trains the winner for Larry Menary, Denis Breton, Ken Ewen and Double Or Nothing Stable.
 
WInd Me Up was an upset winner in the third elimination as odds-on choice Lookinforadventure could not rally from far back and had to settle for fifth, ending that colt's perfect streak at four. As for Wind Me Up, the son of Bettor's Delight was driven by David Miller for trainer Brenda Teague and owners George Teague Jr. and Ted Gewertz to the 1:51.1 victory.
 
Finishing second was Rollwithitharry, with Keystone Velocity third. The time was a career best for Wind Me Up, who scored for the third time in five starts and had been battling sickness earlier this month.
 
Although driver John Campbell could not qualify Lookinforadventure for the rich final, the Hall of Famer bounced right back in the last elim with a victory behind Great Vintage. Campbell rallied his charge to a 1:50.4 victory, defeating runner-up Feel Like A Fool by 1 1/2 lengths. Ohmygosh Hanover was third.
 
Trained by Jimmy Takter, Great Vintage was a close second in his first career start but has since posted four straight wins, including his career best on Saturday night. The son of American Ideal is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg.
 
Here is the field for the Metro final, in post position order:
 
1) Great Vintage
2) Wind Me Up
3) Prodigal Seelster
4) Big Jim
5) Feel Like A Fool
6) Ohmygosh Hanover
7) Roll With Joe
8) Line Officerl
9) Mystician
10) Rollwithitharry
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